In late November 2003, Hilo was hit with huge waves, generated from a storm NE of the islands. This storm remained stationary over a large area, producing 40 - 50 knot winds; it was composed of a low pressure system, with a high pressure system trailing behind. The difference between the two systems created the large winds, and subsequently, the amazing swell which was aimed directly at Hilo Bay. Although this storm was not a hurricane, it illustrates the kind of damage that storm surge from a hurricane can produce. Many residents compared the 2003 damage to the destruction left by tsunami waves, prompting CSAV to produce a video comparing the 2003 storm with tsunami waves, He'e Nalu: But Never Try to Surf a Tsunami. Stay dry!